Seedrs, Huddle and Zoopla among start-ups rallying next government to “bring digital policy into 21st century”

Over 150 entrepreneurs, angel investors and prominent business leaders back Coadec’s Startup Manifesto

Over 150 of the UK’s leading start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors have today backed The Startup Manifesto; a petition which calls on the next government to bring the country’s digital “policy into the 21st century”.

Published by the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), the manifesto sets out 24 ways that government could amend its policies towards digital skills and technology in order to make Britain a “world leader” in digital.

The recommendations include creating National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for start-ups that volunteer to teach coding, imposing a legal framework for Bitcoin, and cutting taxes for entrepreneurs.

Set to be unveiled at a launch event at Google Campus tonight, the manifesto has already received endorsement from several fast-growth businesses such as Seedrs, Transferwise, Zoopla and Huddle, and has garnered support from high-profile investors such as Eileen Burbrige; partner at Passion Capital, and Seedcamp’s Reshma Sahoni.

Other backers include Tech City UK CEO Gerard Grech, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, Ariadne Capital’s Julie Meyer, and Mike Butcher of Tech Crunch.

Coadec executive director, Guy Levin, said of the manifesto:

“Political parties interested in creating jobs, fostering innovation and making Britain a world leader in technology should give [this] a read.”

Jeff Lynn, founder of Seedrs and chairman of Coadec, added:

“I founded Coadec because there wasn’t a united voice speaking up for start-ups in political debates. Launching today’s manifesto with over 150 endorsements from the startup community, including King, Moo, SwiftKey, Shazam, and TransferWise, is a great vote of confidence in what we’re doing.”

You can read the Startup Manifesto in full here.

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